Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Chocolate does conquer all

I've been working on a granola bar recipe for a while. The problem though is that E has not really liked any of the ones we've tried. Until now. The key is chocolate chips. More than I'd like to be in there. But at least she's eating them and they're way better than what you would find in a box. I adapted this recipe from No Whine with Dinner. As long as you stick with the rolled oats and dried fruit in the base, I think you can pretty much substitute any healthy no sugar cereal, any nut or seed, and any syrup style sweetener. 

Makes a great morning snack to take to work too.

Grab-and-Go Granola Bars
Makes 12 Bars

Ingredients
*1 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats
*1½ cups dried fruit (choose one or more of the following: raisins, cherries, apricots, cranberries prunes)
*1 cup spoon-size shredded wheat cereal (I used Alpen Cereal, No Sugar Added)
*1 cup walnuts (I've also subbed pumpkin seeds)
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*2 large eggs
*1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup or agave nectar)
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used regular size and about 1/2 cup)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil or coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking
spray and set aside.
2. Place the oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food
processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped (the fruit should be the size of a dried pea or
lentil).
3. Whisk together the eggs, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add the oat mixture
and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
4. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan, and flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber
spatula.
5. Bake about 18 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown. Let cool completely in pan before
slicing into twelve 2 x 2½- inch bars.

I store mine in the fridge since it helps firm up the bars a little. 
TIP: These bars freeze really well. So, if you have leftovers, wrap individual portions in plastic baggies or
aluminum foil and freeze.
Nutrition Information per Serving: 200 calories, 9g fat (1.5g saturated, 0.9g omega-3), 115mg sodium, 30g
carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 4g protein

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